The great past was completely redesigned and the future is something that the Swiss watchmaker had on mind when it created this striking timepiece. Monaco Calibre 12 LS Automatic Chronograph has an ultra modern look that was directly inspired by the revolutionary Monaco V4, but it comes with something new to be recognized for. It is the Linear System which provides an interesting new design of the dial.
Looking back in the history of the Monaco Collection, we can notice three stages that have determined the growth of this highly poplar range. Firstly, there was a birth of the Monacounder Heuer’s brand, back in 1969, followed by its appearance in the movie “Le Mans”, on the wrist of a Hollywoodstar, Steve McQueen. The watch that had the world’s first water-resistant square case, as well as the first automatic chronograph movement with a micro rotor had not remained long at the market and was withdrawn around 1975.
New owners recovered interest in vintage models in the mid nineties and launched the re-interpretation of the legendary Monaco, at first, only in black dial color, and later also in the original blue color of the dial. Until today, we have got various versions of the Monaco, mostly with a new Caliber 12 automatic movement. Finally, the third stream in the collection came with real technological breakthroughs, or as Tag Heuer likes to call them, the watches of the 21st century – Mocaco V4 and Monaco Sixty Nine reversible watch. Besides, the Swiss watchmaker has recently created one of a kind Monaco Mikrograph Chronograph.
Where is the Place of the Monaco Calibre 12 LS?
Monaco Calibre 12 LS Automatic Chronograph is stack somewhere between the second and the third stage. Since it is based on the radically new design of the Monaco V4, visually this watch is completely “the Monaco of the future”. However, technologically speaking, it does not have that revolutionary spot in the brand’s history, although it possesses an innovative Linear System for showing small seconds and date functions. Furthermore, this watch is powered with the Calibre 12 which is not an in-house mechanism. (It is ETA 2892, with the Dubois Depraz chrono module which comprises 55 jewels and has 42 hours of power-reserve.)
Whether you love it or not, Monaco Calibre 12 LS is a kind of watch that pulls your attention and makes you spend time analyzing every single detail on it. The first feature that you may be seduced with is beautifully curved and beveled sapphire crystal glass, based on the Monaco V4. It makes the timepiece looks much more robust than it actually is.The case has the diameter of 40.5 mm and it is crafted in polished stainless steel. It is available either with a black alligator strap, or with a stainless steel bracelet.
The black, futuristic dial features a horizontal display at the 3 o’clock position that shows small seconds, as well as a horizontal display at the 9 o’clock position that indicates date. Besides, there is a nicely designed 12-hour chrono sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position, and a semi-circular dial at the 9 o’clock position for counting elapsed minutes. Minute and hour hands, as well as raised hour markers were polished and fine-brushed, coated with a luminous material and then hand-applied, while red indices and tips of chrono hands provide even better readability.